We hope you will enjoy this years Festival. Our programme is our established mix of well-known names and some of the younger generation who are keeping jazz alive in Britain. From the New Orleans sounds of the Old Hat Jazz Band to the early big band of the Blue Devils, from the Dixieland of the Shooting Stars and Alex Welsh Remembered to the swing of the Buck Clayton Legacy, from the modern mainstream of the Kofi- Barnes Aggregation and Jazz at the Philharmonic to the adventurous contemporary bands of Arun Ghosh, Tim Garland and the Glow Quartet, we think you’ll find something to please you throughout the weekend.
There are four stroller venues, two marquees and two indoors, and all are accessible by wheelchair. We will run an all-day bus service from Sandpit Field (Marquees 1 and 2) to the Methodist Church and the Conservative Club.
We are very pleased to welcome five bands of school students this year – Dorset Youth Jazz Orchestra, Alton College, Mountbatten School from Romsey, Twynham School from Christchurch and JO QE from Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne Minster. We hope some of you take the time to listen to them and enjoy their music.
As always, I try to programme so that no venue becomes too crowded, but very occasionally our stewards do have to limit entry to a venue for the safety of ticket holders. Please cooperate with the stewards who are all volunteers from the Jazz Club and friends and family of the organisers. We hope you have a happy and trouble-free weekend, but if you have a problem, speak to a steward, who will call one of the committee if she or he can’t resolve it.
Like most Festivals, we started to use wristbands in place of tickets four years ago. Please wear the band round one of your wrists.
The collections at the church service will go, as in past years, to Julia’s House, a local charity that provides hospice care and respite for gravely ill young people and their parents. Collections on the brass band parade on the seafront and in the venues on Saturday night will be split between Julia’s House and the other children’s charities we have adopted. Casa Alianza is a group that provides support and protection to street children in Central and Latin American countries; Afrikids works with local organisations in Ghana to create a better quality of life for vulnerable children; and Touch Africa a South African children’s charity, which ‘aims to make school a better place for children’. In 2015, you helped raise nearly £1700 for which the charities were very grateful.
We would also like to thank our sponsors: the PRS for Music Foundation, Dorset Brewery Co, Enterprise Inns and local businesses, including Gee Whites Seafood Restaurant. Thanks also to Swanage Town Council for permission to use Sandpit Field, the sea front and the Old Quay. Can we draw your attention to our advertisers and ask you to give them preference while you are in Swanage?
I‘d like to thank all the stewards who make the Festival work over the weekend, and who have contributed to the Festival over the years. Especially the senior stewards who take on the stressful task of seeing that each venue runs smoothly. Also the friends who provide much-needed accommodation for many of the musicians; Rik, Jon, Graham and the team at StageLightSound.com, who provide us with brilliant sound and light; our treasurer Mel Norris, who also runs the ticket office; John James who organizes the advertising that pays for the programme; my son Adrian and friend Rud and the rest of my family who have contributed so much to the Festival over the past twenty six years; and as ever, my wife Anita, for her enormous patience since that first hectic, occasionally frantic first year and through the years that have followed.
Fred Lindop, Artistic Director